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Global Attain Advancement LLC, Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas


Global Attain Advancement, is an event’s, publishing, and trade missions company. We formulate a portfolio of high-level investment, trade and development summits, forums, meetings, exhibitions and exploratory trade missions. Our core sectors include; manufacturing, agriculture, renewable energy, construction, technology, & tourism. 

Our programs are designs to create opportunities for companies to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote brands and expand markets. We build platforms for valuable market knowledge delivery, cooperation between business decision makers, facilitating fantastic networking opportunities and opening the doors to a wealth of business opportunities.


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Featured GAA Events 2017


Investment Strategic Forum (ISF) 2017
April 3, 2017 (Week of Annual Investment Meeting) 
Dubai, UAE | Madinat Jumeirah Hotel 

Thione Niang Entrepreneur Seminar 2017
April 25, 2017 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 
Austin, Texas  | The University of Texas at Austin

Renewable Energy Investment Breakfast Forum 2017
Week of Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) 
June 9, 2017 | Beijing, China | Grand Hyatt Hotel Beijing

Economic Development Luncheon 2017
Week of UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)
September 24, 2017 | New York City | JW Marriott Time Square 

Solar Business Festival (SBF) 2017
Conference + Trade Show
November 27-28, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Hilton Austin Hotel 

Commercial Buildings Energy Forum 2017
November 27, 2017 | Austin, Texas

Smart Homes Forum 2017 
November 27, 2017 | Austin, Texas 

Sustainable Agriculture Forum 2017 
November 27, 2017 | Austin, Texas 

Clean Technology Forum 2017
November 28, 2017 | Austin, Texas 

Energy Storage Forum 2017 
November 28, 2017 | Austin, Texas 

Smart Grid Technology Forum 2017 
November 28, 2017 | Austin, Texas 

Texas International Solar Forum 2017 
November 28, 2017 | Austin, Texas  

Woman in Solar Forum 2017 
November 28, 2017 | Austin, Texas

Texas Solar Pioneers Awards Ceremony 2017 
November 28, 2017 | Austin, Texas 

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Featured GAA Events 2018


Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) 2018
Conference + Trade Show
July 1-3, 2018 | Omni Shoreham Hotel | Washington, DC

Africa Power & Energy Expo 2018 
June 30, 2018 | Washington, DC 

Sustainable Agriculture Forum: Africa 2018 
June 30, 2018 | Washington, DC 

Africa Crafts & Arts Trade Show 2018 
July 1, 2018 | Washington, DC 

Elite Construction and Infrastructure Forum 2018 
July 1, 2018 | Washington, DC 

Electrify Africa Forum 2018
July 1, 2018 | Washington, DC 

Africa Smart Cities Forum 2018 
July 2, 2018 | Washington, DC 

The Forum for Africa Economic Development 2018 
July 2, 2018 | Washington, DC  

Sustainable Educational Development Forum  2018
July 2, 2018 | Washington, DC 
 
EU-Africa International Business Congress 2018 
July 2, 2018 | Washington, DC 

Africa-China Economic Forum 2018 
July 2, 2018 | Washington, DC 

UAE-Africa Business Forum 2018
July 2, 2018 | Washington, DC 
 
US-Africa Manufacturing Forum 2018 
July 2, 2018 | Washington, DC 


Solar Business Festival (SBF) 2018
Conference + Trade Show
December 3-4, 2018 | Austin, Texas 

Texas Solar Pioneers Awards Ceremony 2018
December 4, 2018 | Austin, Texas 

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OPPORTUNITIES AT GAA FEATURED EVENTS

Sponsorship Opportunities 
Our sponsorship opportunities offer a broad range of benefits including networking, branding, product service display, and more. Contact us at sponsorship@gaadvancement.com

Partnership Opportunities 
We proactively seek to build partnerships that leverage the combined skills, assets, technologies and resources of the other parties to deliver our events. Contact us at partnership@gaadvancement.com

Advertising Opportunities
We offer advertising opportunities at our events across many media channels including website, e-Newsletter, digital magazines, contests, social and more. Increase your marketing impact by taking advantage of our low-cost/high-value advertising opportunities. Contact us at advert@gaadvancement.com

Exhibiting Opportunities
We offer exhibiting opportunities at some of our events which provide companies with a unique opportunity to directly promote their brand, products, and services to prospective industry contacts. Contact us at exhibit@gaadvancement.com 

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres...

(01/14/2017)           "​UN Secretary-General António Guterres Takes OfficeOn January 1, António Guterres officially assumed the role of Secretary-General of the United Nations. He began his term by appealing to the world to make 2017 "a year for peace."On his first day as the new United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for peace in the world."On this New Year's Day I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year's resolution. Let us resolve to put peace first. Let us make 2017 a year in which we all – citizens, governments, leaders – strive to overcome our differences," Guterres said in a video address.He appealed for the world to make the year "a year for peace".Guterres suggested that this could be done by maintaining "ceasefires on the battlefield to compromise at the negotiating table to reach political solutions" adding that for all world leaders "peace must be our goal and our guide".Guterres takes over from South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon, who was secretary-general from 2007 to the end of 2016. A Portuguese politician and diplomat, Guterres was formerly the UN high commissioner for refugees.He was sworn-in to his new role on 12 December and was elected to the job by the UN General Assembly. New Year's Day is Guterres's first day on the job as secretary-general.António Guterres' full remarks:"One question weighs heavily on my heart: how can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?"Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women children and men are killed and injured forced from their homes, dispossessed, and destitute. And hospitals and aid convoys are targeted."No one wins these wars. Everyone loses."Trillions of dollars are spent destroying societies and economies fuelling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations. And whole regions are destabilised and the new threat of global terrorism affects us all."On this New Year's Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year's resolution. Let us resolve to put peace first. Let us make 2017 a year in which we all – citizens, governments, leaders – strive to overcome our differences."From solidarity and compassion in our daily lives, to dialogue and respect across political divides. From ceasefires on the battlefield to compromise at the negotiating table to reach political solutions, peace must be our goal and our guide."All that we strive for as a human family: dignity and hope, progress and prosperity depends on peace. But peace depends on us."I appeal to you all to join me in committing to peace today and every day. Let us make 2017 a year for peace."

The Future of Solar Energy in Texas

(12/13/2016) *Cross Posted by the Jeff Wolfe on Likedln*Keynote by Jeff Wolfe, Solar Business Festival 2016, Austin, TXGood morning. Thank you for inviting me, it is a real pleasure to be here with you. I’ve only got 10 minutes to predict the future, so that means I don’t have enough time to get very much wrong.I had my entire speech written, then we had an election. Actually, not true. I didn’t have my remarks written before the election, but it would not have mattered. Because solar energy is not only here to stay regardless of politics, solar energy is now shaping politics because every politician I know likes jobs. Nationally solar created 1 out of every 33 new jobs last year. The 7500 people working in solar in Texas today is a larger number than the number of people who operate the coal fired power plants in Texas. That means that almost everyone knows someone who works in the solar industry, and almost every Congressman has someone in their district who works in solar. Its personal now, and its votes. And all that means the future of solar is bright.Right now, Texas coal-fired power plants burn a lot of Wyoming coal. I say we should bring those mining jobs back to Texas and turn them into sun miners instead of coal miners, and shut those coal plants down. And by the way, ERCOT agrees that the coal plants will be shut down by 2030 or earlier, and replaced with solar plants. The only thing ERCOT got wrong is the speed of price reduction in solar, which will make coal uneconomical sooner. No government agency has ever accurately predicted how fast the price of solar will decline, we always beat the projections.I got into the solar industry in 1998, and sold systems for $18/watt, cash up front. (That’s when I learned how to be a good salesperson!) Now we’re at 20% of that for an expensive residential system, and 6% of that for utility projects, and solar is the cheapest new power Texas can construct, even if natural gas is basically free.So, the sky is literally the limit, right? Maybe, but there are some dark clouds.First, the biggest enemy of solar is … solar. We succeed faster than anyone can imagine, and that causes failure. When we install more solar faster than dreamed in Texas, guess what,-       We will have the duck curve flying in. Except it will be the Texas State bird, the Northern Mockingbird which will mock our success.-       We will have increasing interconnection queues for utility projects, and as residential takes off, we will get increasingly long lines for utility approvals. You can say ‘not in Texas’, but it has happened in every other state. And yes, traditional power sources will be behind the push to “insure grid safety”, their code for obstructionism.-        We will run into transmission and distribution capacity constraints. Start supporting new T&D now.The second biggest enemy of solar is the biggest industry in the world, the fossil fuel industry. Yes, they sometimes play nice, and they can be great partners at times, for a while, but make no mistake, the industry as a whole does not want solar to succeed as anything more than a small percentage of our power supply. This has nothing to do with climate change or denial, solar is simply a competing energy source, and the fossil industry does not want to give up market share. Whereas we see a future where 100% of energy is provided by wind, water, and sun, they see a future with carbon capture and storage. I don’t dislike carbon capture and storage. But that will be the far more expensive solution, and we have never developed or deployed CCS at scale. But regardless, the fossil industry will use their muscles to create problems, obstructions, cost impacts, and restrictions, as they have in every other solar state.You will see:-       Astroturf opponents (folks who look like grassroots but are funded by outside interests) will delay projects and increase costs.-       More regulation will be created, even in Texas, as our opponents seek to maintain their less competitive industries.o  (This is also why we need a strong residential solar industry, to help build real grassroots support for ALL solar.)-       NO net metering, but the good news, no big net metering battle. We’ll sell lots of solar without thatSo what are the key megatrends for the solar industry in Texas over the next five years?First, we will not be the solar industry. Minimally, we will simply be a part of the energy industry. When there are no special subsidies for solar, and SRECs have almost no value, as is the situation in much of Texas, we are simply competing in the electric industry. That goes for utility scale and residential scale. Yes, people will pay more for power, they already pay more on some plans than others, and a good salesperson sells value, not price. But we will be able to compete on both value and price moving forward. This will make us stronger, and as we hit ever decreasing price points the addressable market becomes almost unlimited.Second, we’ll be in the “Solar Plus” business instead of the solar business. Utility solar alone will not provide sufficient value on the ERCOT system, we’ll need to add ancillary services (which will be valued by ERCOT at some point, there is a rule-making we need to be involved in.)Solar alone will not capture enough benefit for residential customers outside of the 100,000 early adopters. To reach our first million residential customers we’ll need energy storage, smart homes, and conservation all rolled into an “eHome” which will include all the services and various energy sources provided, all wrapped into one monthly bill. Residential is all about service and price, in that order. More services allows for increased price.As the duck curve, or perhaps Mockingbird curve appears, existing fossil-fueled power plant operational hours will be reduced, cutting profitability of those plants while also increasing fixed costs per MWH generated. The effect of this will be to make solar plus storage cost competitive first against natural gas peakers, then against coal, then against natural gas combined cycle plants.Last, but by no means least, is climate change. Of course, you all know that climate change is not really the problem. The problem is, political statements aside, we know what causes climate change, but we fail to stop it, we keep on releasing increasing amounts of CO2. But the Paris Agreement will create action, and it will create action to reduce CO2 emission in the US despite our death-wish politicians because business is taking the lead. The number of multinational business leaders who have committed to strong carbon reduction goals is growing weekly. Look at the website WeMeanBusinessCoalition.org for one of the lists. And these companies are also pushing their requirements down into their supply chains. When you have a Ford dealership in central Texas install solar because they want to project a green image, you are witnessing a sea-change in business, marketing, and therefore customer desire.When I got into solar in 1998, I had a revolutionary idea, and that was to sell solar like Ford sells trucks, with sex and sizzle, instead of the guilt trip ‘you should do this’ which everyone else was using. Now, in 2016, Ford is selling trucks like some people sell solar, with an environmental message and action.So here are my predictions for 2021, five years from now:-       Solar will regularly be contracted at $25/MWH for 10 – 15 year PPAs. That’s two and a half cents per kWh. (Yes, I know the ITC will be expired by then)-       Energy from storage will be available at less than $50/MWH in 500 kWh blocks, and cheaper for larger systems-       The cost to serve an integrated residential customer with solar plus storage and other services will be similar to the cost to serve that customer with similar services from the traditional supply.-       Residential and commercial customers who do not want to or cannot install solar at their facilities will be able to lock in 5 to 15 year power agreements at fixed rates with 100% renewables at competitive pricing.-       Texas will be the largest solar market in the US, installing over 5GW per year, with close to 100,000 workersSolar has already won the war by 2021. But there will be lots of battles between now and then. Texas is the Lone Star state, let’s use the sun, our lone star, to power it.Thank you. 

Executive Order -- Advancing the Goals of...

(12/11/2016) The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate ReleaseNovember 03, 2016Executive Order -- Advancing the Goals of the Power Africa Initiative to Expand Access to Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa Through the Establishment of the President’s Power Africa Working GroupEXECUTIVE ORDER- - - - - - -ADVANCING THE GOALS OF THE POWER AFRICA INITIATIVE TO EXPANDACCESS TO ELECTRICITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA THROUGH THEESTABLISHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT'S POWER AFRICA WORKING GROUP By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to partner, consult, and coordinate with African governments, bilateral and multilateral partners, the private sector, and civil society to expand access to electricity and increase electricity generation in Sub-Saharan Africa, in both urban and rural areas. Through the Power Africa initiative (Power Africa), we aim to double access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa by adding 30,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity and 60 million new household and business connections by 2030, and in so doing, leapfrog to cleaner forms of energy and foster inclusive economic growth and opportunity across Sub-Saharan Africa.On June 30, 2013, my Administration launched Power Africa, a new initiative to double access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than two-thirds of the population is without electricity, and more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas lack access to electricity. In its initial phase, Power Africa aimed to add more than 10,000 MW of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and to increase electricity access by at least 20 million new households and commercial entities with on-grid, mini-grid, and off-grid solutions. Power Africa builds on Africa's enormous power potential, including extensive clean geothermal, hydro, wind and solar energy resources, as well as vast oil and gas reserves. Power Africa works with countries to develop resources responsibly, build out power generation, transmission, and distribution, and expand the reach of mini-grid and off-grid solutions. Power Africa brings to bear a wide range of tools from across the Federal Government and more than 130 public and private sector partners to support investment in Africa's energy sector. Power Africa provides coordinated support to help African partners expand their power networks and access to electricity, including through policy and regulatory best practices, institutional capacity building, pre-feasibility support, grants, long-term financing, insurance, guarantees, credit enhancements, and technical assistance.On August 5, 2014, during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, my Administration affirmed that Power Africa is intended to reach across Sub-Saharan Africa, and tripled Power Africa's goals. Power Africa is now working toward adding 30,000 MW of new, cleaner electricity generation capacity and increasing electricity access by at least 60 million new connections. On January 28, 2016, my Administration, in coordination with Power Africa partners, launched the Power Africa Roadmap, which lays out a concrete plan for Power Africa to meet its ambitious goals by 2030.The Electrify Africa Act of 2015, enacted on February 8, 2016 (Public Law 114-121) (the "Act"), calls for the development of a strategy to add at least 20,000 MW of electrical power and promote first-time access to power and power services for at least 50 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2020 in both urban and rural areas -- an effort that directly supports and complements Power Africa's goals. This order furthers the purposes of the Act and the work that Power Africa has been undertaking.Sec. 2. Establishment of the Coordinator for Power Africa. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) shall serve as the lead agency to facilitate the implementation of Power Africa and associated activities across the United States Government. The Administrator of USAID shall establish the position of Coordinator for Power Africa within USAID.Sec. 3. Power Africa Working Group. (a) There is hereby established the Power Africa Working Group (Working Group), co-chaired by the Coordinator for Power Africa within USAID and a member of the National Security Council (NSC) staff to be designated by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. The Working Group shall serve as the multi-agency coordinating and advisory body for the Federal Government's efforts to identify, evaluate, prioritize, and deliver assistance to energy projects across Sub-Saharan Africa in order to advance the energy access and electricity generation goals of Power Africa and promote policy cohesion across the Federal Government. Through the Working Group, participating departments and agencies shall provide advice and promote coherence of United States Government positions on and assistance for priority energy projects and policy reforms in support of Power Africa.(b) The Working Group shall consist of representatives of the following executive branch departments and agencies (Participating Agencies):(i) the Department of State;(ii) the Department of the Treasury;(iii) the Department of Agriculture;(iv) the Department of Commerce;(v) the Department of Energy;(vi) the Export-Import Bank of the United States;(vii) the United States Agency for International Development;(viii) the Overseas Private Investment Corporation;(ix) the United States Trade and Development Agency;(x) the Millennium Challenge Corporation;(xi) the United States Army Corps of Engineers;(xi) the United States Army Corps of Engineers;(xii) the Office of Management and Budget; and(xiii) such other agencies as the Co-Chairs may designate or invite to participate, including the United States African Development Foundation.(c) The Working Group may consult with non-United States Government entities that participate in Power Africa as bilateral, multilateral, private sector partners and nongovernmental organizations to provide input and advice to the United States Government, as appropriate, regarding the implementation of Power Africa.(d) The Working Group may establish sub-groups consisting exclusively of Working Group members or their designees, as appropriate, such as one for each of the three pillars of the Power Africa Roadmap: (1) megawatts, (2) connections, and (3) unlocking energy sector potential.(e) The Working Group shall be supported by the Office of the Coordinator for Power Africa within USAID.Sec. 4. Mission and Functions of the Working Group. The Working Group, as may be necessary and appropriate to carry out this order, shall:(a) Ensure efficient and effective coordination of energy access activities in Sub-Saharan Africa among Participating Agencies.(b) Identify, prioritize, and evaluate potential Power Africa projects, regulatory and policy reforms, and programmatic focus areas, including maximizing deployment of and access to renewable energy.(c) Identify country and project specific obstacles to the development of the electricity sector, including financial and technical assistance needs and capacity building needs, and identify opportunities for Participating Agencies to deploy their respective tools and best practices to advance needed reforms and accelerate the completion of Power Africa projects.(d) Enhance coordination among Participating Agencies to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of United States Government development assistance and other development finance tools as related to Power Africa priorities.(e) Facilitate information sharing and coordination of partnerships between Participating Agencies and African governments, the private sector, development partners, and bilateral and multilateral partners to help advance Power Africa's goals.(f) Identify appropriate courses of action to liaise with host governments to advance regulatory and policy reforms, as well as energy transactions, related to Power Africa.(g) Identify best practices for Participating Agencies to coordinate their engagement with development partners, including bilateral donors, development finance institutions, and multilateral development banks on energy access issues, to ensure that Power Africa's tools are deployed in a way that is complementary to and leverages the impact of United States Government resources.(h) Meet with private sector partners, as appropriate, to review Power Africa projects and activities, and to solicit input regarding technical, policy, financial or political, obstacles that partners are encountering in the energy sector across Sub-Saharan Africa.(i) Meet with bilateral and multilateral development partners, as appropriate, to coordinate country-specific and regional energy access policy agendas, coordinate deployment of financial resources and technical expertise to identify and accelerate Power Africa projects and activities, and review project pipelines.(j) Monitor and periodically evaluate Power Africa projects and activities to measure the effectiveness of United States Government assistance and other development finance tools in achieving Power Africa's electricity generation and access goals, and to share lessons learned. These evaluations may recommend reforms to facilitate support for future projects and activities, and to increase the Working Group's effectiveness.Sec. 5. Partnering with African Private Sector Companies. I hereby direct Participating Agencies to facilitate as appropriate, to the maximum extent possible under the law, the participation of local and regional companies in power, renewable energy, and climate change projects in low-income countries in Africa, including through the use of financing and risk insurance, where appropriate.Sec. 6. Reporting. The Administrator of USAID, in coordination with the Participating Agencies, shall lead in the development of a report, to be transmitted to the Congress pursuant to section 7 of the Act and the Presidential Memorandum of August 3, 2016, "Delegation of Authority Pursuant to Section 4 and Section 7 of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015," on progress made toward achieving the comprehensive, integrated, multiyear strategy that was transmitted to the Congress on August 6, 2016, pursuant to section 4 of the Act, to encourage the efforts of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to implement national power strategies and develop an appropriate mix of power solutions to provide access to sufficient, reliable, affordable, and sustainable power in order to reduce poverty and drive economic growth and job creation.Sec. 7. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof, or the status of that department or agency within the Federal Government; or(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.BARACK OBAMATHE WHITE HOUSE,November 3, 2016.

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